Zion National Park Travel Guide

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Zion National Park Overview

A vast area of mountainous open air found in Utah, Zion National Park is the perfect home for camping enthusiasts, with hundreds of affordable camping sites all within a day’s strenuous trek of each other. This allows visitors to explore the spectacular canyons, even finding themselves in the heart of the river as they make their way through spots like ‘Narrows’, where you have to all but wade the notorious 16 mile route.

Narrows might be the iconic trail in Zion, but it is a serious challenge (and one that requires a strong understanding of the local nature, or at least a Ranger’s pre-trip guidance, given the likelihood of flooding), and most visitors will probably prefer something a little tamer. The driving here is almost as remarkable as the walking, and the vivid walls of the Zion Canyon can be followed for miles, with various stop off making for a dramatic day out. If you prefer, the park service offers a summer, propane-powered tour, too, while the switchbacks of the Mt Carmel – Zion highway are equal parts intimidating and awe inspiring.

Nearly all the major trails in Zion feature areas with hefty drop offs, and so are restricted for cyclists (who must stick to the main roads), but make for incredible, hair-raising on foot experiences. You will need to grab a permit from one of the Ranger’s offices before heading out, and while you’re there, may as well check out the best of them. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the local area, and in season offers full on talks on the local environment, including everything from plants and animals to the mammoth scale geology of the region.

Being part of a huge ring of national parks, you can even incorporate Zion into a full on cross-country wander, taking in The Grand Canyon and several other notable sights along the way. Come fully prepared and with a sense of adventure and this startling district - home to an incredible natural array of beauty – will blow your mind.

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Springdale is the gateway city at the southwest entrance to Zion National Park. This is a small community reliant wholly on the National Park and the large numbers of people who visit the pa…
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